Facial Oils in Your Skincare Routine

The other day we have asked you on Instagram if you would like to find out more about benefits of facial oils, and we received a “100%” yes! So here we are. We believe this information would be beneficial for everyone: girls with oily and combination skin, as well as for those with dry/sensitive skin.

Many of you might already know about the benefits of facial oils and have incorporated it in your daily routine. The things that were are about to share with you below are nothing new and there is plenty of research that is available online. We would like to summarize the key points in this post. Let’s do this!

I love True Botanicals. Not only they have amazing products (with Olivia Wild as a chief brand activist, duh ), but I find their skincare blog to be very informative. Here is what they have to say about facial oils versus moisturizers and creams:

“Creams and lotions are mostly waxes and water, with a few oils thrown in. Waxes form an occlusive layer on the skin, which helps to hold moisture in. That’s good, but there are two major downsides: wax build up may lead to clogged pores, and the wax barrier may prevent the oil component of the cream (the part of the product that actually benefits skin) from penetrating.”

And that’s when I decided to give it a try. My skin is oily (hopefully that means less wrinkles down the line?), so I’m trying to eliminate anything that might increase oil production. Reading up on facial oils subject made me change my mind.

Facial oils are great source of Omega3, vitamins and antioxidants. You always want to make sure that your skin gets all 3 because:

  • Omega3 helps your skin regulate oil production, retain moisture and prolong elasticity. According to Ann Yelmokas McDermott, PhD, “Fatty acids are responsible for the health of the cell membrane, which is not only what acts as the barrier to things that are harmful, but also the passageway for nutrients to cross in and out and for waste products to get in and out of the cell”.
  • Vitamins are essential to your skincare, just like they are to your health. If you don’t get enough vitamins your immune system gets weak and you are more prompt to catch a virus or cold. In regards to your skin, vitamins will help you reduce dark spots and redness, prevent from wrinkles and excessive dryness. List goes on and on.
  • Some antioxidants have anti-inflammatory benefits, that will keep acne and wrinkles at bay. Others will help with skin-firming. Sun-damaged may get a second chance, because certain antioxidants are proven to stimulate new cell growth.

As we age our skin produces less oil, and becomes dull, dehydrated or even dry. Facial oils can help you rebalance oil production to achieve brighter, more supple skin by creating a barrier against pollutants.

Makeup lovers there is a tip for you too. Anyone is familiar with dry patches on your skin after applying foundation. Using oil before makeup helps your coverage go on smoothly, for that flawless look we all strike for.

So when are you taking the plunge?

Your NDS Duo,